Trends Report

Market Overview: Firewall Auditing Tools

July 30th, 2009
With contributors:
Margaret Ryan , Robert Whiteley III

Summary

In the battle to protect your organization's information and assets, firewalls are the first line of defense for preventing attacks against the network. And for the most part, they've succeeded at keeping the enemy at bay — that is, when the firewall rules are configured properly and working correctly. But making sure everything's in order is no easy task. Performing a manual firewall audit in today's network environment has become nearly impossible — which brings us to firewall auditing tools. While still a relatively young technology, these tools help to automate the firewall auditing process and ensure that firewalls are correctly configured — ultimately translating into easier compliance, improved performance, and greater network security.

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